Can we just be friends already?

Bruce Sallan wrote an interesting post about the rancor surrounding political and religious discussions these days. Does it really have to be like that? He found a partner who has a different religious background, but they were able to find enough common ground, and anyway, they love each other. Bruce has learned that if friends disagree, it’s really okay. You can disagree with respect or you can just keep certain topics off the table. What do you think? Can you be friends with someone whose views are radically different from yours? Can you build a family together if you have radically different views? Weigh in!

Friends and Politics

Nobody Succeeds Alone

In all of the turmoil going on around the world, it’s easy to think that some people got success all on their own. No forces were at work that helped them along. Nobody was there. They did it all by themselves. Sometimes it takes a puppy to point out the truth, and that’s just what Rufus Dogg does in his post called You Were Carried. Beginning with a great historical reference to the baby that Sacagawea carried to the modern-day 53%, Rufus notes that we all are carried, even if we may not realize or acknowledge it. This is a great and timely post!

Post Title: You were carried

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Occupy Wall Street Or Just Get Back To Nature

Mark Robertson found himself deeply angered when he saw footage of people on Wall Street drinking champagne while watching the protesters who made up the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. The dichotomy, you have to admit, was a bit startling. However, you may not find Mark in the streets protesting. He might be more likely to “go back to the garden” as Joni Mitchell sang, or to the woods where Thoreau hung out. What is your reaction when you see societal turmoil? Share your thoughts with Mark on his powerful post.

Post Title: Further East of Eden (There Is A City)

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Calling Out 21st Century Robber Barons

Throughout American history, and indeed throughout world history, there have been segments of the population that have gotten rich at the expense of people who are not rich. Here in the 21st century, the latest incarnation of this tradition is the Wall Street robber barons who made money as the country and the world went into a recession. Is it any wonder, asks Clint Reilly, that people are protesting and that the OccupyWallStreet movement is growing? To get more information from Clint’s perspective, read this excellent post.

Post Title: I Hear You, Occupy Wall Street

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Advice to the OccupyWallStreet Movement

From a dog :)

Rufus the Dog may be a canine, but in watching and reading about the OccupyWallStreet movement, which began on 9/17/11, Rufus notes that if the New York Times and other media outlets are using words like “hodge podge” to describe your movement, you probably need some help. For example, a really easy-to-remember slogan. T-shirts. A clear “ask.” To read more of this advice, which is all spot on (no pun intended), read this great post!

Post Title: 99% Does Not Mean 99 Things #occupywallstreet

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What Passion And Discipline Can Do For You

Joe Williams opens this post by describing how the team that saved Chilean miners from an underground purgatory envisioned their success. They had a deep and unyielding passion, first of all. How could you not when lives are on the line? But they also brought with them a strongly disciplined core that helped them make their passion a reality. How can passion and discipline help other people succeed in very different scenarios? How are passion and discipline helping the space program, for example? Read this thought provoking post!

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A Study Of The Netflix Apology

One day, people may look back on the name Netflix (or any other businesses that stem off of the split between the DVD and live streaming business) and wonder what it was all about. You went to the trouble of getting round disks with entertainment mailed to you? Then you paid for that content to be streamed on your computer, which then you could plug in to your television via something called an X-Box? Boy, how antiquated. But for now, it all seems pretty fresh, and a lot of people are viewing it as a fresh wound. The apology from Netflix regarding the price hikes and how the news was handled doesn’t seem to be much of a band-aid either, at least according to Gini Dietrich. What do you think about how Netflix handled this whole situation?

Post Title: Netflix: A Lesson in Communication and What Not To Do

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Sometimes News Can Be Good

There is an overriding feeling, I think, that if you sit down to watch the news, you’d better be prepared to get really bummed out. If you feel that way, you clearly need to hang out with Jim Fierce, who managed to come upon three happy news stories. One has to do with gays in the military, one has to do with race relations, and one…one has to do with blue iguanas. Naturally! Want to see the good news? Check out his post! :)

Post Title: Gays in the Military, Interracial Marriage, and Blue Iguanas

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The Republican Conundrum: Gay Marriage

Sarah Harris notes that Republicans, along with Tea Party members, are not really divided on whether gay marriage should be legal. They all pretty much agree it should not. However, there is one issue tied to gay marriage that is causing some confusion. Should the federal government pass an amendment defining marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, or should states be able to handle these issues? Current Republican candidates for President (in advance of the 2012 election) are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to this issue. For more of this interesting evaluation, visit Sarah’s post!

Post Title: Rick Perry, MIchele Bachmann, and the Gay Marriage Debate

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A Tribute to Steve Jobs

People will look back on this era in history and marvel that we had a chance to watch Steve Jobs work. Steve Jobs resigned at Apple because his health is deteriorating – cause at this time is unknown. Unfortunately, people are responding as if he passed away, not as if he left his job. Mitch Joel offers a tribute that is more about Jobs as a person rather than an icon, and it’s a lovely post to read.

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